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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Ribarro

The Static Speaks my Name



At A Glance

  • Released: 8/10/15

  • Reviews: 5,431, net very positive, as of 7/2023

  • English Reviews: 4,214

  • Localized in: English

  • Had Publisher: No

  • Majority of reviews:

    • English ~77%

    • Russian ~5%

    • Spanish ~4%

  • Price: $1.99

  • Review report:

    • Negatives: Lacking depth and could have been longer/more fleshed out, some people didn’t understand the story and they wanted to

    • Positives: Succeeded in making people uncomfortable, Creepy atmosphere, seems to have struck a very important chord relating to depression (doing menial tasks even though the MC plans on killing himself afterwards, the hopelessness and growing apathy towards life and everything in it)


Gameplay

  • Walk around the house

    • There is a sequence where you chat with someone online (some hooker bot or scam, and it appears to be the only friend the MC has) choices for what to say but it all comes out less seriously through text

Music

  • Music is droning and foreboding

Art

  • Minimalist graphics, just enough to get the point across

  • Boarded up door to keep everything out

  • MC has an obsession with some painting of trees

Writing

  • Begins in space, a gray amorphous blob in the middle

    • Tells you how someone died (assume its you)

  • Lots of static TVs, why?

  • MC has someone locked in a cage naked, fed him shrimp in a bowl

    • The painter?

  • Protagonist commits suicide

    • Game ends with more stories of death

Scare Factor

  • Horror came from the story/audio, and the realization of what’s happening

Overall

  • A short, interesting experiment that garnered a lot of attention

  • Bare in its’ gameplay, but it shines in the heavy-hitting story, such as it is


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